Kelly Tan may have a jam-packed schedule in the run-up to her second Olympics, but the Malaysian ladies No 1 is looking forward to the opportunity to build up momentum. She will play five LPGA events on the trot in the United States, including next week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, and – if she gets into them – two events on the tour’s European swing before the Olympic women’s golf competition at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe on August 5-8.
“I have five more tournaments in a row here before we hit the Europe swing. I do plan to play them and am really wanting to get some sort of momentum going like I did last year,” said Kelly.
Kelly will take heart from her impressive final round in last week’s LPGA Mediheal Championship, where she shot four-under-par 68 to finish T46 at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, California.
“It was a great round on a tough track! The past few events I’ve felt that I’ve been very close with my game and feeling good about the technical side of things. I just haven’t been free on the golf course at all … I’ve been trying to guide the ball a little too much instead of letting my skill take over,” shared Kelly.
“I was finally able to have more trust in myself on Sunday and, of course, the result showed.”
Kelly noted that it has been quite a tough task making arrangements for her second Olympic campaign. “Honestly, it has been a difficult process so far and I’m just trying to stay focused on my next tournament. Not a lot has been done as yet to get me really excited, but I am very proud of myself to qualify and represent my country.”
Currently in 41st place on the Olympic women’s golf ranking, Kelly is comfortably on course to make the field of top 60 players at the cut-off date of June 28. She finished 51st in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
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